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Tips for putting characters into motion with habits and physical movement without disrupting the main action of a story.
Explore how the change in words affects individual moments and scenes and stories, and how words can direct fiction.
Tips for writing romantic love, for showing characters falling in love.
Tips for making readers care about your characters and the story events at every stage of your long fiction.
Push characters to their breaking points and beyond. Don’t hold back but challenge your characters beyond what they thought they could do. Push them beyond what you thought they could do.
More on the purposes of dialogue tags—use them to keep a story flowing.
Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.
Verbs power your stories. Use accurate verbs to create the motion and emotion you want your story to have. This article includes tips for choosing verbs, including use of the passive voice.
A reminder to layer on the emotional hits so the reader will feel them. Use knockout lines or zingers when that works for a scene, but don’t be hesitant about pushing, about hitting the emotional button again and again.
Description in fiction paints the story world and characters for readers, gives substance to a world wholly unfamiliar to the readers. Learn some tips for working with description.